That "Law of Impermanence", which Jon Kabat-Zinn speaks of came screaming in my life with a diagnosis of cancer some years ago. It was at that intersection of immediate change and suffering that I "crossed over" to an even deeper contemplative life of awareness and living life "minding" the moments; the scent of honeysuckle wafting through the air, the vibrancy of colors and depths of textures in blooming blossoms, the softness of babies cheeks....and I really thought I was "aware" and "mindful" of the gifts of life around me before "diagnosis" but "holding the moments of life in awareness" became even more precious as I traversed through the journey of cancer... and I'm sure this might be true for anyone with such a diagnosis or grave loss. Today, with each day I am gifted to be alive, my "mindfulness" of what's around me, who is around me, my own breath and beating heart increases...it, i.e., mindful living, even now, with cancer in remission, is not however, an easy practice as the "routines" of managing life still rush in about me. I'm just quicker to stop the "treadmill" of my life's responsibilities and breath into living and seeing and smelling and hearing life vibrating around me and "take in" rather than do a "drive-by" glimpse at life around me. The "practice" of mindfulness has become a deeper level awareness of me "in the moments" and a practice of finding me "in joy" of anyone and all things around me since the diagnosis of cancer.
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